HP will occupy the biggest stand at drupa taking the whole of Hall 17 at 6200sqm, and the graphics giant will use the show to launch a raft of new presses.

The company will place 56 presses – 230 tonnes of kit – on the floor, including a new flagship HP Indigo 12000, which will ultimately supercede the B2 HP10000, although existing 10000 users will have an option to upgrade.

The company says its HP Indigo 12000 will have several productivity and quality enhancements over the HP 10000, including One Shot technology to enable a wider choice of substrates, a new screening configuration for the three-channel (CMY) enhanced productivity mode, plus an inline spectrophotometer.

drupa: HP set to showcase a raft of new presses

drupa: HP set to showcase a raft of new presses

The 12000 also includes the Indigo Optimiser, which HP says can increase throughput per shift by up to 40 per cent, by using features including intelligent job sequencing and the production of proofs without stopping jobs in production.

The 12000 will become available in the second half of this year. It will accommodate a new imaging system – the 1600dpi high definition laser array technology, which won’t actually become available for at least 12 months.

Eyeing the B1 market, HP will show a 27-tonne Indigo 50000, effectively a pair of Indigo 20000 reel-fed engines used for flexible packaging, enhanced to expand their capabilities for commercial print applications.

According to HP, the 762mm wide web press can print 32mpm and has a maximum repeat length of 1,138mm, making it capable of printing pages 10-up. HP intends to place the 50000 to go into beta sites early next year, with commercial shipping slated for around the same time as the rival Landa B1 presses arrive.

HP will also launch the 7900 Indigo and a new 5900 Indigo. It says all the new presses, as well as most of the existing ones, will be compatible with its new cloud-based business operating system, for which HP hopes that third parties will develop apps.


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